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Matt Ingram confirmed the goalies union at QPR is alive and kicking when he got a good-luck message from Alex Smithies just before kick-off against Reading on Saturday.

Ingram made his home debut against the Royals, and pulled off a string of fine saves including a fantastic one-handed tip around the post from an Oliver Norwood free-kick that preserved a point.

Have a look at our still video above, as well as filmed action below.

The man wishing him well is the keeper he displaced, although Ingram's chances of keeping the gloves for the Bank Holiday Monday trip to Burnley is debatable.

Even so, he was not only pleased to get his home chance - but the text as well.

He said: “The Rangers fans were brilliant and right behind me from the off.

“Goalies stick together, and I got a text from Alex saying ‘good luck’ and Greeny (Robert Green) has been good to learn off as well: it’s the goalies union and we’re all good mates.”

Ingram was a January transfer from League Two Wycombe and admitted he was glad to have made the transition gradually before getting his chance at Cardiff last week to boast a clean sheet first time out.

He added: “I’ve been here three months, and discovered Championship pace is sharper and in training. Luckily, I wasn’t thrown straight in, but I'm up to speed now.”

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